Research shows that both male and female moderate drinkers are less likely than non-drinkers to be obese. But on the flip side, more than moderate drinking is linked to a greater risk of being overweight or obese. So what’s moderation? For a woman, it’s no more than one “standard drink” a day, or two for a man. Each contains about the same amount of alcohol, and will therefore raise your blood alcohol concentration fairly equally. And nope, they don’t roll over, so abstaining during the week and downing 7–14 drinks over the weekend doesn’t count as moderate drinking.
Alcohol contains only empty calories and has no nutritional value. It can often contribute to malnutrition because the high levels of calories in most alcoholic drinks can account for a large percentage of your daily energy requirements. Even one alcoholic drink a day can contribute to malnutrition.
Your body has a set number of calories needed to maintain your weight. This need is based on your height, weight, age, gender, and activity level. When you consume more calories than your body needs, you will gain weight. Alcohol can lead to weight gain from the calories it provides and by causing you to eat more calories after consuming the alcohol.
It’s not only the alcohol all the time, the side dishes, the so called “chakhna”, are often very high calorie foods. While drinking we keep a track of number of glasses of beer or whisky but often we don’t count the fries and starters.
Here are some tips for calorie reduction when consuming alcohol:
- Have one non-alcoholic drink in between each alcoholic drink.
- Select light versions whenever possible. “Light” means fewer calories, but these products are not calorie- or alcohol-free, so you will still need to limit your intake.
- Always have food in your stomach before you have a drink.
- Keep water available to quench your thirst while you drink alcoholic beverages.
- Learn to sip your drink to make it last longer.
Atoften get people who consume alcohol very often and are obese. Our advice is always change in the eating habits and a regular exercise regime.
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